Learn Lawton Project


LAWTON – The City of Lawton will partner with the Lawton Area Transit System (LATS) to host the “Learn Lawton” project on June 19 – an interactive ride meant to bestow confidence in seniors wishing to navigate the Lawton area by bus.

“Many of our seniors have never taken the bus before and may be fearful of trying it out alone,” said Jan Rhodes, City of Lawton’s senior recreation coordinator at the Benjamin O. Davis High Rise in downtown Lawton. “This is a great opportunity to teach them how our public transportation system works and to show them different areas of Lawton, as well.”

The ride is designed for seniors ages 50 and above. Riders will catch the green clockwise route from the Benjamin O. Davis High Rise around noon for “Learn Lawton,” undergo a couple of bus transfers, make one stop and then return to the high rise around 3 p.m. LATS will donate passes for the tour but the group’s stop will consist of a meal so participants are encouraged to bring lunch money.

Prior to departing, LATS Operations Manager Sean Spell said a LATS representative will visit with participating seniors to provide an overview of how the bus system works and to give them additional information on transportation programs they may be eligible for at no charge.

“We’re looking forward to this project with the City of Lawton,” Spell said. “We will provide information about how our routes and our system work, and let these seniors know how we can help get them to where they need to go.”

Interested seniors may sign up for the “Learn Lawton” program – by simply providing their full name and phone number by noon June 15 – in the following ways:

  • Visiting the Benjamin O. Davis High Rise, 620 SW E Avenue, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
  • Visiting or calling the Parks & Recreation Administrative Office during traditional working hours at the Owens Multipurpose Center, 1405 SW 11th or 580.581.3400.

Participation is limited to the first 15 enrolled seniors. If there is much generated interest in the program, both LATS and City officials hope to continue the project on a quarterly basis.


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